Researcher

Professor Serkan Saydam

My Expertise

Ground Control in Mining, Mining Systems, Mine Planning and Design, Advanced Mining Technologies and Off Earth Mining

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Biography

Professor Serkan Saydam received his BSc, MSc and PhD degrees in Mining Engineering from the Dokuz Eylul University, Izmir, Turkey and completed his Postdoctoral Fellowship at the University of Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa. Serkan joined the School of Mining Engineering as a Senior Lecturer in 2006 and was promoted to Associate Professor in 2011. He currently holds three ARC Linkage Projects and five ACARP research grants worth of...view more

Professor Serkan Saydam received his BSc, MSc and PhD degrees in Mining Engineering from the Dokuz Eylul University, Izmir, Turkey and completed his Postdoctoral Fellowship at the University of Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa. Serkan joined the School of Mining Engineering as a Senior Lecturer in 2006 and was promoted to Associate Professor in 2011. He currently holds three ARC Linkage Projects and five ACARP research grants worth of over $4.5 million on Ground Control and Mining Systems areas. In addition, he established research collaboration with NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory and Kennedy Space Center. A key focus of his research is to address the current needs and future challenges faced by the mining industry. These are generally very complex engineering problems, as mining environments become more extreme and constraints are imposed due to increasing social, environmental, and health and safety standards.His fields of research include ground control, mine planning & design, new mining methods and off-Earth mining.

 

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Location

Room 159, 1st Floor, Old Main Building, Kensington, 2052, Sydney, NSW, Australia

Contact

+61 2 9385 4525
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+61 2 9313 7269

Research Activities

The aim of this work is to identify the factors responsible for the emerging problem of catastrophic stress corrosion cracking failure of rock bolts in underground mines and to develop strategies for resisting rock bolt failure. The work is of very substantial significance since rock bolt failure is already occurring in several mines in Australia and is expected to become a problem world-wide. The work is novel since it will be the first comprehensive study of catastrophic rock bolt failure conducted at fundamental level. The expected outcome is the development of economically viable…

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The motivation for Off-Earth Mining is clear: an abundance of valuable resources that can feed our technologically driven society, the necessity and demand of discovering new places that our society can colonise, and the development of new technologies and processes to enable these missions will create spin-off technologies that can be used in our terrestrial operations.

Near-Earth Objects, asteroids and comets that circle the Sun at about the same speed and same distance as the Earth orbits the Sun, contain an abundance of valuable resources. We are entering an exciting period in which commercial launch systems and advanced robotics are making space-based industries, including mining, potentially financially viable!